“[Remain in Light is] stunning…a perfect counterpart to Talking Heads’ record.”
Three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is a force of nature, capable of transforming any musical material in her path with her powerful voice and positive message. Last year, she scored a major triumph with Celia, her brilliant reflection on an icon of the Americas, celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz. Now, Kidjo revisits her unforgettable Remain in Light project from 2018, in which she repatriated the Talking Heads’ landmark 1980 album, connecting deeply with the music’s original Afropop underpinnings and filtering its new-wave sensibility through her own musical influences from across the African continent. Kidjo uplifts the music with her euphoric singing, backed by layers of explosive percussion and driving horn orchestrations, and mines the songs for topics that resonate with her today, adding her own lyrics in languages from her home country of Benin. “Angélique Kidjo and the Talking Heads are a match made in musical heaven” (Pop Matters).